EIAST has announced that DubaiSat-2 has completed its in orbit commissioning, and the satellite is now fully operational.
The Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP) started on November 21, 2013 and tested the satellite to verify and validate the operation of the system and subsystem level electronics of the spacecraft, and how it will function.
Once the satellite is in stable operation the next phase is calibration and validation of the telescope and sensors, these tests are the final steps before the satellite can be declared fully operational.
H.E. Yousuf Al Shaibani, DG, EIAST said: “The successful conclusion of the commissioning and in orbit operation of DubaiSat-2 which is the final phase of the project has reaffirmed the UAE’s leading position on the regional aerospace map. All the efforts undertaken by the EIAST and its engineers are aligned with the visionary plans of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE, vice president and prime minister and ruler of Dubai of making the UAE a satellite design and manufacturing hub for the region.
“The calibration and validation activities were conducted to ensure that the images will be useful to our customers and that they are of the highest quality which is crucial for the success of the mission. DubaiSat-2 now being fully operational signals the start of our mission to provide useful and timely data to our customers from the government and private sectors, domestically and internationally and to benefit the nation,” concluded Salem Al Marri, assistant DG of scientific and technical affairs, EIAST.
DubaiSat-2 is an electro-optical earth observation satellite launched with a purpose to provide high-resolution images of the world. DubaiSat-2 is capable of taking multiple images of the same area as well receiving and processing them from anywhere in the world within a day. The images taken from the satellite will be utilised for various purposes, including environmental projects, urban planning, and infrastructure development as well as providing specialised reports to government stake holders.